Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

RCMP find item that may be connected to McLeod and Schmegelsky investigation

RCMP find item that may be connected to McLeod and Schmegelsky investigation

Last week, RCMP in Manitoba said they had found several items on a shoreline in the northern part of Manitoba that were directly linked to the homicide suspects, about 9 km away from where a burnt-out vehicle used by the fugitives was found on Jul. 22.

Authorities located two male bodies and are confident they are 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy.

Police have said it may be hard to determine a motive for the killings because the suspects are dead. RCMP say the investigations into the three murders are ongoing.

"That all goes to motive".

Shoihet said Thursday she's not aware of any notes that the suspects may have left behind.

Four days later and 470 kilometres away, the body of local botanist, Professor Leonard Dyck, was discovered near Dease Lake.

Police initially treated McLeod and Schmegelsky as missing persons when their charred vehicle was found not far from Dyck's body.

A huge deployment of police manpower descended on Gillam and more than 11,000 square kilometres of wilderness was searched by officers on the ground and drones, helicopters and Royal Canadian Air Force planes.

But investigators later deemed them to be suspects and details surfaced about their use of video games.

The manhunt for McLeod and Schmegelsky led to Gillam, where Dyck's Toyota Rav 4 was found burned.


RCMP also said they were investigating a photograph of Nazi paraphernalia sent to another user by Schmegelsky, who was also pictured in military fatigues brandishing an airsoft rifle and wearing a gas mask.

Schmegelsky's father Alan Schmegelsky said last month that he expected the nationwide manhunt to end in the death of his son, who he said was on "a suicide mission".

"To the families of everyone affected by the series of events over the last few weeks, I know it has been so very hard and I hope today's announcement can now begin to bring some closure", MacLatchy said.

"It's surprising in this day and age with social media what you can find".

The deaths of the suspects do not mean the homicide case is over, he said.

It may also be hard to determine why they ended up in Gillam, he said. "What was the next step for them?" But to be certain, they will conduct autopsies.

German said the manhunt in Manitoba will be complete once those results are available.

On Friday, Aug. 2, the Criminal Investigation Branch of the Ontario Provincial Police released a public safety warning, advising the organization is now investigating numerous reports from across the province of suspicious vehicles and/or young males believed to be the British Columbia homicide suspects. They are also suspects in the murder of a third man in a separate incident.

"To the families of everyone affected by the series of events over the last few weeks, I know it has been so very hard and I hope today's announcement can begin to bring some closure", she said.

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